Paradise Cove in Malibu, California, is something of a celebrity mobile home haven. In 2015, the New York Times dubbed it “America’s Most Glamorous Trailer Park.” Actress Pamela Anderson keeps a trailer there, as does Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell. But surfers looking for prime access to the private beach flock to the park as well. That was the case for one Los Angeles surfer girl, who worked with Megan Georgopoulos and Commune Design to transform a run-down trailer into a bohemian paradise near the waves.


Houzz at a Glance

Location: Malibu, California

Size: 850 square feet (79 square meters); one bedroom, one bathroom

Designer: Steven Johanknecht of Commune Design

Project lead: Megan Georgopoulos

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Spencer Lowell, original photo on Houzz


The homeowner’s boyfriend had already painted the exterior blue, incorporating geometric lines for a bit of 1970s flair. Project leader Megan Georgopoulos, who was working with Commune Design at the time, began with a custom wood gate that mimicked the lines in the paint work.

A dutch front door with a custom stained glass window that resembles a peace sign opens to the combined living, dining and kitchen area, where blue abounds.

Paint: Symphony Blue, Benjamin Moore


Spencer Lowell, original photo on Houzz


Cork floors and plywood shelves offset the blue ceiling and laminate cabinets in the kitchen. To streamline the look, the design team chose openings for the cabinets rather than knobs or pulls.

To complete the vintage modern look, it went for a Smeg refrigerator and Saarinen dining table. Corrugated metal in powder-coated white forms the backsplash over the stove. “We wanted to take that trailer vibe and elevate it,” Georgopoulos says.

Flooring: Capri Cork; tile backsplash on window wall and bowls: Heath Ceramics; fruit bowl and lamp: Victoria Morris Pottery


Spencer Lowell, original photo on Houzz


For a plush yet laid-back living area, Georgopoulos created custom, lounge-ready daybeds, flanked by vintage sconces, books and art. Underneath the cushions sit wood-paneled storage boxes.

As a product designer, Georgopolous has made several designs for Commune Design, West Elm and private labels, so here she was quick to design and make custom pillows in various sizes for the floor and daybeds.

Rug: Lulu & Georgia; coffee table: a rare commission by artist Alma Allen

These Platform Beds Raise the Bar on Built-In Storage


Spencer Lowell, original photo on Houzz


Down the brief hallway is a small bedroom, where a custom platform bed also has built-in storage underneath.

Matching custom plywood nightstands, finished in high-gloss laminate, flank the bed. For bedding, Georgopoulos designed a quilt inspired by Gee’s Bend artists and layered in designs and pillows with Hawaiian flair.


Spencer Lowell, original photo on Houzz


The design team also created a floating desk by stacking two layers of knotty pine plywood between a wall and closet.


Spencer Lowell, original photo on Houzz


No surf shack would be complete without an outdoor shower, so the team found just the spot for one in the exterior walkway. Commune’s handmade Morera work boxes in vibrant blue and red echo the 1970s and offer a place to sit, with storage for beach towels inside.

Shower fixtures: Outdoor Shower Co.

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